Jonah Hex (2010, USA)

Jonah Hex, a new western. based on another comic book, had great production and visual value, average entertainment value, but as a whole I would judge it a below average film. The scripting and the acting was so predictable and corny that I could not give it a lot of stars, if I would star movies.

I enjoyed the visual feel of the movie. The steampunk aspect of the big, secretly built, war machinery was well done. The flashback scenes were well lit and choreographed and the sepia tone of most scenes fit the standard depiction of the western flicks. (Sometimes I wonder though what the dominant colors were at the wild west. Just as I have to remind myself when I look at old black and white pictures that the world had colors even back then.)

The story on the other hand was nothing exciting and full of holes. I assume the studio behind the effort hopes to develop the character into a series of films, so they could fill those holes. But they were annoying in the first of the series. Having been recently exposed to the facts and myths of the “Ironclad warship”  (“a steam-propelled warship in the early part of the second half of the 19th century, protected by iron or steel armor plates”) even that was not news to me.

I was hoping for light entertainment and I got that. But it was so light, that I ended up running the movie in the background, while I was doing other things in the house. this way I feel that I didn’t waste 80 minutes of my life.

The DVD @ Amazon.com.

IMDB’s summary: The U.S. military makes a scarred bounty hunter with warrants on his own head an offer he cannot refuse: in exchange for his freedom, he must stop a terrorist who is ready to unleash Hell on Earth.

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